FRENCH COURTS ADMIT TEXT MESSAGES AS EVIDENCE OF ADULTERY IN DIVORCE CASES

PARIS, FRANCE
I just read this article on the NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/world/europe/25iht-divorce.html?_r=2&ref=technology about how the French courts are now allowing divorcing couples to use text messages as evidence of adultery.
I guess that is big news because prior to this, the French courts made it very difficult for folks to get divorced – probably more difficult than New York which is the only fault state left in the Union, technically speaking. In France, you have to prove the adultery or the grounds, just like you do in New York.
I mean, in France, it seems you can get divorced if both parties agree to the divorce. But if one party doesn’t want the divorce, you have to prove fault and then if you don’t, the courts used to give you like a 2 year cooling off period.
I guess what the new ruling does is it makes it easier to prove the adultery by allowing text messages as evidence. So that if the mistress or the lover were to text the married individual and the spouse finds this, the spouse can introduce this evidence into court and get their divorce that way.
I guess good for the French. Another example of technology on the cutting edge.